A man's body was found Tuesday afternoon on the shore of a Lakeland lake with an alligator near the body, fire officials said.
A person called 911 to report seeing the body off Lake Hunter Drive.
It's not clear how the man died or whether alligators attacked him at all before he died. Lakeland police have not identified the man, who police say may have been in the lake for a day or more, police say.
"It appears this individual has been in the water maybe at least a day," Lakeland police Public Information Officer Gary Gross said.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called in to assist with catching the alligator.
Officials will send the body to the Medical Examiner to try to determine how he died.